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OCT
29

Theater of War: Hercules in Brooklyn

Sat, Oct 29   7:30 pm to 9:30 pm   Central Library

Adults

*Please Note: This program is at full capacity and we are no longer accepting reservations. All unclaimed reservations will be released approximately 5 minutes before the start of the event.

This program is free and will take place in...

Theater of War: Hercules in Brooklyn

APR
23

Classical Interludes: The Dichter Project: Goethe

Sun, Apr 23   4:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Adults music

Brooklyn Art Song Society begins a new initiative showcasing the greatest German poets set by the greatest lieder composers.  The inaugural concert features the high priest of German culture, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, as set by two masters...

Classical Interludes: The Dichter Project: Goethe

APR
27

Rooftop Gardening with Annie Novak

Thu, Apr 27   6:30 pm to 7:30 pm   Greenpoint Library

Adults author talks bpl presents

Rooftop gardening is the exciting new trend in city landscaping. Learn more about how these out-of-sight spaces work by taking a virtual tour with Annie Novak, author of "The Rooftop Growing Guide: How to Transform Your Roof into a Garden or Farm...

Rooftop Gardening with Annie Novak

Philosophy in the Library: How Women Changed the Course of Philosophy, 1300-1700

Thu, Apr 27   7:00 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Adults

Christia Mercer explores ideas drawn from medieval Europe’s most innovative women and shows how their views about self-knowledge, cognition, and truth laid the groundwork for early modern philosophy.

Presented by Brooklyn Public...

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Philosophy in the Library: How Women Changed the Course of Philosophy, 1300-1700

APR
30

Classical Interludes: Counter)Induction

Sun, Apr 30   4:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Adults music

Miranda Cuckson, violin; Jessica Meyer, viola; Raman Ramakrishnan, cello; Benjamin Fingland, clarinet; and Aaron Wunsch, piano perform:

Fauré: Piano Quartet #1 in c minor
Bartok: Contrasts
Andrew Rudin: Adagio from Viola...

Classical Interludes: Counter)Induction

MAY
2

The Big Read: Tayari Jones on Silver Sparrow, with James Hannaham

Tue, May 2   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Adults author talks

Jones discusses her novel as part of a Big Read celebration of writing and reading, followed by a conversation with author James Hannaham.

Set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta during the 1980s, the novel revolves around James...

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The Big Read: Tayari Jones on Silver Sparrow, with James Hannaham

MAY
3

Big Read Concert with Inyang Bassey and Binky Griptite

Wed, May 3   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Adults

Vocal powerhouse Inyang Bassey and Dap-Kings guitarist Binky Griptite performs songs inspired by Tayari Jones’ novel Silver Sparrow, including songs by Prince, Lauren Hill, Cyndi Lauper and Aretha Franklin.

Throughout May, BPL will...

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Big Read Concert with Inyang Bassey and Binky Griptite

MAY
4

American Justice Film Series: Echoes of Incarceration

Thu, May 4   7:00 pm to 8:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Adults bpl presents

Examining the collateral consequences of mass incarceration, this program will focus on families separated by the justice system. Echoes of Incarceration is an award-winning documentary initiative produced by youth with incarcerated parents....

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American Justice Film Series: Echoes of Incarceration

MAY
5

The Review Panel with moderator David Cohen

Fri, May 5   7:00 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Adults

Leading art critics join in lively debate about current exhibitions around the five boroughs. Presented in association with Artcritical. Jessica Bell Brown, Walter Robinson, and Hrag Vartanian join moderator David Cohen to discuss the Whitney...

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The Review Panel with moderator David Cohen

MAY
6

CANCELLED: Campfire Conversations: Age & Wisdom with Sonia Sanchez

Sat, May 6   7:00 pm to 8:00 pm  

Adults campfire conversations bpl presents

Prospect Park Alliance and Brooklyn Public Library present Campfire Conversations, a series of themed community conversations around an outdoor campfire at the Lefferts Historic House. This month's conversation will be moderated by renowned...

CANCELLED: Campfire Conversations: Age & Wisdom with Sonia Sanchez

MAY
7

Yoga & Poetry: Armando Jaramillo

Sun, May 7   9:30 am to 10:30 am   Central Library

Adults bpl presents

Please bring your own yoga mat. Doors open at 9:00 am. Class starts at 9:30 am sharp.

Imagine starting your yoga class with the wise words of your instructor, who calls out a pose or two, and the pose is followed by a poem read live by a...

Yoga & Poetry: Armando Jaramillo

MAY
8

Brooklyn Independents Poetry Series: Belladonna*

Mon, May 8   7:00 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Brooklyn Collection

Adults poetry bpl presents

Readings from Susan Briante, Caroline Crumpacker, Vi Khi Nao & Sarah Riggs.

Belladonna* is an avant-garde collective with the mission to promote the work of feminist writers who are adventurous, experimental, politically involved,...

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Brooklyn Independents Poetry Series: Belladonna*

MAY
10

Richard Ford with Francine Prose

Wed, May 10   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Adults author talks

From American master Richard Ford, Between Them, Remembering my Parents, a memoir: his first work of nonfiction, a stirring narrative of memory and parental love.

How is it that we come to consider our parents as people with rich and...

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Richard Ford with Francine Prose

MAY
12

American Justice Film Series: Bringing Khalil Home

Fri, May 12   7:00 pm to 8:30 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Adults bpl presents

Through the redemptive story of one immigrant, his family, and his community, this program will look at the relationship between the criminal justice and immigration systems.

Khalil A. Cumberbatch is a formerly incarcerated advocate for...

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American Justice Film Series: Bringing Khalil Home

MAY
13

Songs of Praise: A Tribute to Peter Abrahams, Buchi Emecheta & Derek Walcott

Sat, May 13   3:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Adults bpl presents

A tribute to Peter Abrahams, Buchi Emecheta and Derek Walcott. Readings and music by:

Banden Baro
Rashidah Ismaili
Merwyn Taylor
Quincy Troupe

Songs of Praise: A Tribute to Peter Abrahams, Buchi Emecheta & Derek Walcott

MAY
15

Brooklyn Independents Poetry Series: Hanging Loose Press

Mon, May 15   7:00 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Brooklyn Collection

Adults poetry

Readings from Justin Jamail, Thomas Devaney & Jiwon Choi

The first issue of Hanging Loose magazine was published in 1966. The name was inspired by the format -- mimeographed loose pages in a cover envelope -- and that, in turn, was...

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Brooklyn Independents Poetry Series: Hanging Loose Press

MAY
16

FLEXN at BPL

Tue, May 16   7:00 pm to 8:00 pm   Central Library

Adults bpl presents

This program will be in the Grand Lobby.
Brooklyn-born choreographer and flex pioneer Reggie “Regg Roc” Gray and a crew of dancers from the D.R.E.A.M (Dance Rules Everything Around Me) RING will demonstrate flex styles and perform excerpts...

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FLEXN at BPL

MAY
18

Philosophy in the Library: Black Lives Matter

Thu, May 18   7:00 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Info Commons Lab

Adults

People tend to think of social justice as a matter of rights and economic equality. James Baldwin, however, believed democratic love was the most necessary and overlooked aspect of social justice. Chris Lebron (Yale University) explores why...

Philosophy in the Library: Black Lives Matter

Brooklyn Gaze Edition 1: Erasure and Revelation

Thu, May 18   8:00 pm to 10:00 pm   Central Library, Plaza

Adults bpl presents

The first in a new series of video projection artworks commissioned by the Brooklyn Public Library, The Brooklyn Gaze will transform the facade of the Brooklyn Library into an immersive, animated canvas, and the library plaza into an arena of...

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Brooklyn Gaze Edition 1: Erasure and Revelation

MAY
21

Silent Movie Matinee: Lonesome (1928) & A Trip to the Moon/Le Voyage dans la lune (1902)

Sun, May 21   12:30 pm to 3:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Adults

Hungarian-born director Paul Fejos lived for a time in New York City and wanted to convey its modern, fragmented, and fast-paced life in this film.  The main characters, Mary (Barbara Kent) and Jim (Glenn Tryon), are single and try...

Silent Movie Matinee: Lonesome (1928) & A Trip to the Moon/Le Voyage dans la lune (1902)

Classical Interludes: Solera Quartet

Sun, May 21   4:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Adults music

Tricia Park and Miki-Sophia Cloud, violins; Molly Carr, viola and Andrew Janss, cello, perform works by Haydn, Beethoven and Caroline Shaw.

Children under six will not be permitted entry.

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Classical Interludes: Solera Quartet

MAY
22

Brooklyn Independents Poetry Series: Birds, LLC

Mon, May 22   7:00 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Brooklyn Collection

Adults poetry

Join Birds, LLC for the annual Brooklyn Independents reading series at the Brooklyn Public Library.

Poetry readings/performances by Birds, LLC authors:

Lauren Hunter ✨ (Human Achievements)

Chase Berggrun ✨ ( R E D )

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Brooklyn Independents Poetry Series: Birds, LLC

MAY
23

The Jumpsuit Project

Tue, May 23   12:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library

Adults

Tuesday, May 23 - Thursday, May 25

The Jumpsuit Project is a socially engaged art project inspired by Sherrill Roland’s personal experience in the prison system. Roland was wrongfully convicted of a crime and spent nearly a year in state...

The Jumpsuit Project

MAY
24

The Jumpsuit Project

Wed, May 24   12:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library

Adults

Tuesday, May 23 - Thursday, May 25

The Jumpsuit Project is a socially engaged art project inspired by Sherrill Roland’s personal experience in the prison system. Roland was wrongfully convicted of a crime and spent nearly a year in state...

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The Jumpsuit Project

Big Read: Silver Sparrow Book Discussion

Wed, May 24   2:00 pm to 4:00 pm   Central Library, Balcony Conference Room

Adults bpl presents

 

Set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta during the 1980s, the novel revolves around James Witherspoon's families: the public one and the secret one. When Witherspoon's daughters from each family meet, they form a friendship,...

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Big Read: Silver Sparrow Book Discussion

MAY
25

The Jumpsuit Project

Thu, May 25   12:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Central Library

Adults

Tuesday, May 23 - Thursday, May 25

The Jumpsuit Project is a socially engaged art project inspired by Sherrill Roland’s personal experience in the prison system. Roland was wrongfully convicted of a crime and spent nearly a year in...

The Jumpsuit Project

JUN
3

Campfire Conversations: The Power of Fire

Sat, Jun 3   6:30 pm to 7:30 pm  

Adults campfire conversations

Prospect Park Alliance and Brooklyn Public Library present Campfire Conversations, a series of themed community conversations around an outdoor campfire at the Lefferts Historic House. Join us around the campfire at the Lefferts Historic House...

Campfire Conversations: The Power of Fire

JUN
5

Brooklyn Independents Poetry Series: Ugly Duckling Presse

Mon, Jun 5   7:00 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Brooklyn Collection

Adults poetry

Readings from Mónica de la Torre & Karen Emmerich (translator of Eleni Vakalo)

Ugly Duckling Presse is a nonprofit publisher for poetry, translation, experimental nonfiction, performance texts, and books by artists. UDP was...

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Brooklyn Independents Poetry Series: Ugly Duckling Presse

JUN
10

Ask a Philosopher

Sat, Jun 10   1:30 pm to 5:00 pm   Park Slope Library

Adults bpl presents

As part of our participation in Brooklyn Pride on Saturday, Brooklyn Public Philosophers and BPL Presents will feature our Ask a Philosopher table. What do you want to ask our philosophers on Pride Day? Kevin Cedeño-Pacheco (CUNY), Denise Vigani...

Ask a Philosopher

JUN
11

Yoga & Poetry: Jeremy Sigler

Sun, Jun 11   9:30 am to 10:30 am   Central Library

Adults bpl presents

Please bring your own yoga mat. Doors open at 9:00 am. Class starts at 9:30 am sharp.

Imagine starting your yoga class with the wise words of your instructor, who calls out a pose or two, and the pose is followed by a poem read live by...

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Yoga & Poetry: Jeremy Sigler

JUN
17

Ask a Philosopher: West Elm Edition

Sat, Jun 17   11:00 am to 5:00 pm  

Adults bpl presents

This Saturday, Brooklyn Public Philosophers and BPL Presents will feature our Ask a Philosopher table at West Elm in DUMBO. Ian Olasov (CUNY), Ryan Felder (CUNY), Kevin Cedeno-Pacheco (CUNY), and Henry Curtis (U. Chicago) will be on hand to...

Ask a Philosopher: West Elm Edition

JUN
21

Plaza Swing Series: Grupo Rebolú

Wed, Jun 21   6:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Plaza

Adults music

Grupo Rebolú’s Afro-Colombian music is loaded with energy, history and danceability.  Rooted in the Carnaval de Barranquilla, their soulful and joyous dance music reinterprets traditional rhythms such as Gaita, Tambora, Chalupa and...

Plaza Swing Series: Grupo Rebolú

Brooklyn Gaze Edition 2: Lightpost

Wed, Jun 21   9:00 pm to 10:00 pm   Central Library, Plaza

Adults bpl presents

In the Brooklyn Gaze Edition 2: Lightpost, Brooklynites write on the library’s iconic facade in real time.

In collaboration with visual artists Mark Read and Jeanne Angel, the first edition of Brooklyn Gaze featured animated texts by...

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Brooklyn Gaze Edition 2: Lightpost

JUN
28

Plaza Swing Series: Swingtime Big Band

Wed, Jun 28   6:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Plaza

Adults music

The Big Band sound is a uniquely American combination of reeds, brass and rhythm that defined America's popular music for more than three decades. Swingtime Big Band vividly brings this classic music to life in three-dimensional sound,...

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Plaza Swing Series: Swingtime Big Band

JUN
29

Big Read Film Screening: Daughters of the Dust

Thu, Jun 29   7:00 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Adults bpl presents

To cap off our celebration of Tayari Jones' novel Silver Sparrow, as part of the NEA's Big Read, we will be screening Julie Dash's groundbreaking Daughters of the Dust . Set in the legendary Sea Islands off the South Carolina/Georgia coast in...

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Big Read Film Screening: Daughters of the Dust

JUL
5

Plaza Swing Series: Harlem Blues and Jazz Band

Wed, Jul 5   6:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Plaza

Adults music

Founded in 1973 by King Oliver's trombonist/blues singer Clyde Bernhardt and jazz aficionado Al Vollmer,  HBJB is dedicated to keeping the significant side-men of the Classic Jazz Period working and not forgotten. One of the longest...

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Plaza Swing Series: Harlem Blues and Jazz Band

JUL
8

BKLYN AMPLIFIED: The Silent Listening Experience

Sat, Jul 8   4:00 pm to 8:00 pm   Central Library

Adults bpl presents

BKLYN Amplified: The Silent Listening Experience

Join us for a night of discovery with local Brooklyn makers, tech folks, and artists. Brooklyn Public Library’s Our Streets, Our Stories and BKLYN Mixtape teams will host an interactive ...

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BKLYN AMPLIFIED: The Silent Listening Experience

JUL
12

Plaza Swing Series: Art Lillard's Blue Heaven Swing Sextet

Wed, Jul 12   6:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Plaza

Adults bpl presents

Led by drummer and composer Art Lillard, Blue Heaven is an energetic blues and swing ensemble that plays standard and not-so-standard numbers, written by such luminaries as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, and Lester Young. ...

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Plaza Swing Series: Art Lillard's Blue Heaven Swing Sextet

JUL
15

Theater of War: Antigone in Ferguson

Sat, Jul 15   7:00 pm to 8:45 pm  

Adults bpl presents

Antigone in Ferguson is a free, outdoor, interactive performance of Sophocles' Antigone, featuring acclaimed actors Reg E. Cathey (The Wire, House of Cards, Oz,) Sonja Sohn (The Wire, Body of Proof, Bringing Out the Dead,) Deirdre Lovejoy (The...

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Theater of War: Antigone in Ferguson

JUL
19

Plaza Swing Series: Orlando Marin

Wed, Jul 19   6:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Plaza

Adults bpl presents

A contemporary of such greats as Tito Puente, Machito and Tito Rodriguez, Orlando Marin is the only Latin orchestra leader from New York's golden era of mambo still performing regularly. Dance lessons are at 6:30, band starts at 7 pm. In case of...

Plaza Swing Series: Orlando Marin

JUL
26

Plaza Swing Series: Sweet Megg and the Wayfarers

Wed, Jul 26   6:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Plaza

Adults bpl presents

Sweet Megg and her wayfaring musicians blend New Orleans Swing, Harlem swing, Parisian cabaret, and gut bucket blues into one charming musical performance. Saxophonist Ryan Weisheit reimagines a world where Sidney Bechet, Lester Young, and...

Plaza Swing Series: Sweet Megg and the Wayfarers

JUL
29

Brooklyn Small Press Flea

Sat, Jul 29   10:00 am to 4:00 pm   Central Library, Plaza

Adults bpl presents

A summer market with your favorite publishers and magazines.

The Flea returns for the fourth year in a row. Rain or shine. Unless it's an absurd amount of rain.  In case of an absurd amount of rain, the Flea will be held in the...
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Brooklyn Small Press Flea

AUG
2

Plaza Swing Series: Sonido Costeño

Wed, Aug 2   6:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Plaza

Adults bpl presents

This event has been postponed until tomorrow.

 

A fusion of Cuban son, Guaracha, Dominican merengue and bachata and Jamaican Reggae. Dance lessons are at 6:30, band starts at 7 pm.  In case of rain,...

Plaza Swing Series: Sonido Costeño

AUG
9

Plaza Swing Series: Forró in the Dark

Wed, Aug 9   6:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Plaza

Adults bpl presents

The driving dance rhythms of forró from Northeastern Brazil with rock, jazz, psychedelia, folk and more.  Dance lessons are at 6:30, band starts at 7 pm. In case of rain, the event will be held on Thursday, August 10.

Plaza Swing Series: Forró in the Dark

AUG
19

The Art and History of J'Ouvert: Tradition as Resistance

Sat, Aug 19   2:00 pm to 5:00 pm   Central Library, Plaza

Adults bpl presents

Have you ever experienced J’Ouvert, the pre-dawn procession from dark to light before the West Indian Day parade? Come learn about this exciting Caribbean tradition in Brooklyn on August 19th from 2-5 p.m. at Brooklyn Public Library's Central...

The Art and History of J'Ouvert: Tradition as Resistance

SEP
7

Brooklyn by the Book presents Salman Rushdie, with Colum McCann

Thu, Sep 7   8:00 pm to 9:30 pm   Central Library

Adults bpl presents

In his new novel, The Golden House, Salman Rushdie, author of such contemporary classics as Midnight's Children and The Satanic Verses, presents a modern American epic of love and terrorism, loss, and reinvention. On the day of Barack Obama's...

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Brooklyn by the Book presents Salman Rushdie, with Colum McCann

SEP
9

Campfire Conversations: Being Brave

Sat, Sep 9   6:30 pm to 7:30 pm  

Adults campfire conversations bpl presents

Prospect Park Alliance and Brooklyn Public Library present Campfire Conversations, a series of themed community conversations around an outdoor campfire at the Lefferts Historic House.

The new school year brings new...

Campfire Conversations: Being Brave

SEP
14

Pianist Inesa Sinkevych performs Scarlatti, Debussy and Chopin

Thu, Sep 14   7:00 pm to 8:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Adults bpl presents

Sinkevych is a Ukrainian born Israeli concert pianist, currently living in New York. Her recent CD, Schubert Piano Works was released in 2012. She has performed as a soloist with the Israeli Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Gulbenkian Symphony...

Pianist Inesa Sinkevych performs Scarlatti, Debussy and Chopin

SEP
15

A Tribute to Marianne Moore

Fri, Sep 15   7:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Central Library, Dweck Center

Adults bpl presents

Notable authors gather to celebrate Marianne Moore's New Collected Poems, a landmark edition of one of the major innovators of poetic modernism. Editor of the new anthology Heather Cass White joins Margo Jefferson, Timothy...

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A Tribute to Marianne Moore

SEP
17

Yoga & Poetry with D. Nurkse at Brooklyn Book Festival

Sun, Sep 17   10:00 am to 11:00 am  

Adults bpl presents

This event will take place at the Brooklyn Book Festival main stage at Borough Hall, Brooklyn.

Imagine starting your yoga class with the wise words of your instructor, who calls out a pose or two, and the pose is followed by a...

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Yoga & Poetry with D. Nurkse at Brooklyn Book Festival

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